Virtualisation is a key tool in the efficient and cost-effective managing of an IT network. With its origins in the use of large mainframe computers and the technique of partitioning computer hard drives so as to store multiple operating systems and maximise storage, virtualisation is one of many great ways to help your business operate more efficiently and cost effectively.
More efficient storage
Various surveys and research done over the years reveal that many IT departments under-utilise their server resources. Consolidating a raft of servers into one large and flexible storage facility makes for a more efficient set up.
Long term, money is saved in investing in more computer hardware as the existing set up is working efficiently, and extra costs of spending more on powering and cooling newly acquired servers can be avoided. It pays to let an expert handle your virtual storage set up – companies with an international presence such as stormagic are a good start.
Storage can be utilised more accurately with no waste. For example, instead of allocating one storage disc to a client and maybe lose the space they’re not taking, the disc can be utilised in full by other people.
Connected with storage above, data migration is much easier and less disruptive. When demands change or capacities are being used up, it’s so much easier to move data to different locations usually without the inconvenience and upheaval of shutting systems down while data is transferred.
Business agility and efficiency
By pooling IT resources, businesses can respond quicker and more efficiently to changing demands. For example, the acquisition of a new major client with particular demands are easier to meet if virtualisation is in place to speedily re-align computer and server deployment accordingly.
IT managers and personnel can work more efficiently by spending less time managing the technology of their various computer resources, and more time focussing on the service their department provides.
A highly useful and often used virtualisation technique is using the same machine to run more than one operating system. This naturally means fewer computers are required as each one is more flexible in its use, and it’s very convenient for one machine to be able to run two or more operating systems. This means no more switching from one machine to the other.
Easier software development
With many applications being required to run on more than one operating system, software developers need to design and test it on various platforms. This is so much easier when one machine can be used to test new software on various operating systems.
Virtualisation: the cost effective solution
Along with the cost savings of not having to buy as much – or maybe not any – new IT equipment to cope with running multiple applications and increased storage requirements, it likely lessens the need to relocate an IT department when it runs out of room. Computer and IT equipment takes up a lot of office space.